Archive for December, 2011
A Facebook colleague shared an article that takes issue with a recent article by Bryan Fischer, a radio host for American Family Radio, who argues that the President of the United States is essentially a pastor. Rather than address the blog my friend linked to, read Fischer’s article. It’s definitely worth talking about.
to draw conclusions based on specific words. Just as Paul was not urging the Roman Christians to revolt in favor of a Christian emperor, so we are not being enjoined by Romans 13 to only acknowledge or elect Christian rulers. The much harder teaching going on in Romans 13 is that our obedience is not solely based on the faith of our rulers. Just as the Roman Christians, we must be prepared to be obedient unto death, sort of like Jesus, oddly enough, if our faith clashes with our ruling authorities. It doesn’t mean that our faith is wrong, it just means that our faith has become incredibly more difficult.
I honestly have no idea what to say about this.
Thanks to a reader for submitting this article for my consideration (and future lunch discussions!). I thought that it might prove helpful consideration for readers here as well. As long-time readers will likely surmise, I respectfully and rather strenuously disagree with the sentiments expressed in the above article.
- That God does not show partiality – God chose Abraham rather arbitrarily and showered him with unique and special favors (Genesis 12-25). He further creates a special bond with one particular people – the offspring of Abraham – and enters into a theocratic arrangement with them (Exodus 19-24). There’s God’s special choosing & blessing of King David (2 Samuel 7:1-17). All of which culminates in the Son of God taking on human flesh. A particular human being – Jesus of Nazareth; a particular time, a particular place. Space and time. Very particular. Very selective. Note, the blessings that are promised through these very specific and partial methods are available to all who would believe. But how God chooses to deliver those blessings are very, very particular.
- That God would not require a particular belief for eternal reward – In the Old Testament, God makes is pretty clear – repeatedly – that He is the only true God. Belief in other gods merits judgment. His handling of the Egyptians in Exodus 3-14 is quite typical of this. 1 Samuel 5 is another demonstration of this. There is only one God. If another religion claims another god, they are incorrect – dangerously so. John 14 in the New Testament is pretty clear as well – reconciliation with God the Father comes through God the Son. Period. John 3:16 is another great summary of this assertion.
An interesting couple of articles on the Scientific America blog site dealing with the same topic – the recent publication by Senator Tom Coburn of the annual Wastebook, which details what Coburn sees as wasteful government spending. The particular issue that spurred these blog posts has to do with a National Institute of Health study on the effects of cocaine in promoting greater sexual activity. The study utilized Japanese quail as the test subjects, and is set to cost taxpayers about $350,000 over several years.
- Can we afford these things when we are running annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion?
- Do these initiatives match your understanding of the role of the federal government as outlined by the Enumerated Powers of the U.S. Constitution?
- Do these represent national priorities or do they reflect the wasteful spending habits threatening to bankrupt the future of the American Dream?
I thought that this was a very good post regarding missing church on Christmas morning.
Can’t. Stop. Listening. To. This.
Yesterday in church we talked about the topic of vocation. Not what you do for a living, but more accurately, how you live. The idea that rather than praying for a life of greater Christian witness, we already have the possibility to live amazing lives of faith just by being the people we have been created to be and doing the things that are already at hand to be done. In case I doubted for some reason the importance of a proper perspective of vocation, the Barna Group has charted a trend that shows that people ages 18-29 have a hard time linking their faith to the careers they hope to pursue, which leads them to drop out of the church.